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changing torsion bars

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by VThick, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. VThick

    VThick Junior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 29

    I have heard people changing out half ton t-bars with three quarter t-bars. What are your thoughts on this? Is it possible? My 2000 half ton chevy sits good with the plow up but just I woundering if I could beef it up some more. I tried the timbren route but it only road like a backhoe! So I turned the t-bars up three turns. Whats your thoughts guys?
    Thanks,
    VThick
     
  2. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    It is no problem to change t-bars, but I doubt if you need to. Every truck I have turned up the bars on were almost all the way out before hand. I find 5 turns for a 6-700 lb plow perfect, and there is still many turns left in the adjuster bolt(at least 5-7 turns)....
     
  3. Firebrands

    Firebrands Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    If you do decide to change the torsion bars, investigate how difficult the job is. I am no mechanic, but I rebuilt the front end on my '95 GMC 2500. I was going to replace the lower control arm bushings, which requires removing the torsion bars. I could not get the bars out with the equipment I had. They were locked solid into the lower control arms. I don't know how the pros do it, but you definately would need a lift and probably a heavy duty impact gun to drive them out. Just my 2 cents.
     
  4. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    They use a lift, a BFH and some heat sometimes. You have to let the tension off of them and drive them out towards the front of the truck....Rob
     
  5. ggwash21

    ggwash21 Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    i agree with rob BFH lots of heat but on a 2000 you might not need that much i'm lookin at doin this to my Light 2500 my front end Sags like a coupld of old @#$# it y ou know what i mean
    if y ou do change them keep us posted might be good info for us to keep here
     
  6. GripTruk

    GripTruk Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I've been thinking about doing this myself recently.

    I may be getting a 1997 Tahoe that I owned about 5 years ago, it's been in the family and I may buy it back again as a winter vehicle/ tower/ hauler/ plower since I now drive a BMW that I'd prefer to keep off the road if it snows.
    Anyway... obviously the Tahoe is a 1500 and I would like to upgrade it to some 2500 stuff to make it more durable if I'm going to plow with it. I was thinking about getting a whole rear axle and springs from a 2500 suburban or pickup. (not sure if lengths are different) and swapping out the torsion bars and maybe the front axle too (at least outers) so I'd be 8 lug all around. I'd REALLY love to go leafs and solid axle up front, but that might be little more than I want to do. :)

    We can dream though.

    Anyone done it, experiences, recommendations? Ideal donors, etc.
    Any info would be great.

    -Jer
     
  7. ggwash21

    ggwash21 Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    The rear axles shouldbe the same size..... the leafs might be different lengths tho. i know on my old suburban they were shorter then a pick up in some yrs.. but i think when they went to the 88-98 body style they made them all the same... i know oen thing you cant go from a 87 yr truck to a 88 or newer the axle housing on the new chevy's are shorter by 4".. Your best bet in that truck would bt to get the Tortion bars etc. out of a 97 2500 and leafs in back. that would make one killer rig... i have the 6 Bolt light 2500 and mine has a 14bolt rear i'm just adding leafs from a 2500 HD and tortion bars also from a 2500 hd...not till summer tho.. :salute:
     
  8. Downtown_heat

    Downtown_heat Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    The torsion bars need to have the tension relieved at the rear crossmember. This can be done with the specific torsion bar removal tool, or a large two-jaw gear puller, which is what I used, and an 18mm socket. I needed no heat, lift, or BFH to remove mine and it only took 2 hours. Really, this is not a very hard task and can be done in the driveway.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2005
  9. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    LOL!,I'm doing one now and can promise you there is a huge difference in a Houston,Texas truck and a truck from Salt Central New York:D